The journey from zero pull-ups to one pull-up is long, difficult, and may at times seem insurmountable. And then once you get there, victory is fleeting: Every set you attempt contains one measly rep. Either way, you're going to need some ways to bring that lofty exercise down to earth.
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If speeding down a long lane of ice seems like your thing, or hugging tight corners while trying to get ahead of whoever is leading the pack, maybe you should consider lacing up a pair of speed skates. You don't have to have Olympic-size thighs to try it out, although that would certainly help. I stopped by a practice to get the lowdown.
Buddying up can help you reach your fitness resolutions - or whatever goal you happen to be chasing. But you don't have to work out together to help each other (couples, breathe a sigh of relief).
Crossfit's intense workouts are a polarising subject of discussion. It seems the first rule of Crossfit club is that you must never shut up about Crossfit club, and on the flip side, the sport (routine? Discipline? Hobby?) has its share of haters. So let's take a minute to cut through that for anyone who's intrigued but isn't sure what they would be getting into and whether it's worthwhile.
When I started at Lifehacker last July, I quickly got into a routine of plonking myself at my desk and sitting there all day, barely moving out of my chair. Though I was no Herculean physical specimen beforehand, my previous job was far more physical, so I began losing my fitness quickly at a desk. Battling my belly and lethargy, I decided to take up running. It sucked.
But I learnt to make it suck much less.
Dear Lifehacker, I get extremely bored while working out. When I go for a run, I'm just counting down the minutes until I get home. When I exercise, I'm too distracted. Listening to music doesn't help. What can I do to make working out more entertaining so I won't give up and do something more interesting to my brain?
After far too long indulging in being a certified couch potato, last year I decided to get myself moving. I've had highs, and lows, moments of truimph, hit the dreaded plateau and became a legitimate warrior - of the weekend kind.
2017 was the year I committed to evolve from Couch Potato to Wonder Woman - did my plan work?
Good health is a truly priceless thing, but maintaining a decent level of fitness - especially in big cities - can cost a pretty penny. Gym memberships in particular can hit your wallet hard. And personal training sessions? Forget about it: Those can run over $100 an hour, easy, and that's often on top of a gym's monthly membership fee. That's fine, though - because you don't have to pay a dime if you play your cards right.
We've all seen those transformation photos of people going from pufferfish-like bellies to enviously defined abs. You may have mused, "I wish I could get to that 'After' picture, too." Oh, but you can. Without actually being close to that great a shape, in fact. It's not honest, but marketers do it, and hot damn, you will look fabulous.
Diet usually matters more for weight loss than exercise, but it turns out that Biggest Loser contestants who managed to keep the weight off have to exercise a lot. But if you and I aren't Biggest Loser contestants, does that mean anything for us?